Teacher Education Department

The teacher education program at George Fox University is designed to prepare teachers for careers in public and private schools through a curriculum that builds on a broad foundation in Christian liberal arts education through specialization in elementary education with methods, clinical studies in teaching, and learning theory. Teacher education and licensure in Oregon operates under the approved program approach. Teaching licenses are issued to qualified applicants who have completed a teacher education program approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), and who are able to satisfy other state requirements in effect at the time they complete graduation requirements and apply for a teaching license.

George Fox University is approved by the TSPC to offer initial licensure for early childhood and elementary education.

Secondary Education

The music education program is the only undergraduate program at George Fox University designed for the preparation of preK-12 teachers. Students who wish to teach content other than music at the secondary level complete a content major at the undergraduate level and prepare to enter a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program to meet the requirements for the Initial Teaching License. Education department faculty and undergraduate faculty in the content major are able to advise the students regarding movement toward admission to the MAT program. Students are encouraged to take EDUC 250 Teaching as a Profession (2), designed to introduce the role of the secondary teacher in the educational system and to introduce the George Fox MAT program and admission process. (See the MAT program catalog listing for admission information and course descriptions.)

Admission to Teacher Education (Elementary and Music)

Students wishing to explore or prepare to enter a teaching career at the early childhood and elementary levels or in music education should consult with a teacher education advisor early in their freshman year.

Students make formal application for admission to the teacher education program during the introductory education class, EDUC260 Teaching, Schooling and Learning (4), generally taken the fall of the sophomore year by elementary and music education majors. Students enrolled in EDUC260 Teaching, Schooling and Learning are required to submit fingerprints and sign the PA-1 Character Question Form as outlined by TSPC.

Admission to the program is based upon attainment of a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on all college-level courses, including transfer credits; passing scores on approved basic skills tests; acceptable recommendations; and exemplary social and moral behavior. In addition, an admission interview may also be conducted. Admission to the program is required before students may register for the professional education core courses.

Continuation in teacher education is based on academic achievement and satisfactory evidence of characteristics needed for successful performance in the teaching profession. Students admitted to the programs are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better on all college-level classes, including transfer credits; attain grades of C- or better on all teaching major and professional education classes; and receive satisfactory evaluations of performance in field experiences. Admitted elementary and music education students are subject to the policies contained in the Teacher Education Guidelines.  iPads are required by fall semester of the junior year.

Transfer Students in Elementary and Music Education

Any student transferring to George Fox University must meet the same requirements for admission as those who have entered the university as incoming freshmen. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the teacher education program. This application must be directed to the teacher education department when the student is in his/her first professional course, usually during the first semester at the university.